Balatongyörök and its surroundings
The village of Balatongyörök is part of the Balaton Uplands wine region, so fans of gastronomy will find indulging programs. In addition, you will find great restaurants and homemade dishes, flavours nearby.
At the edge of the location you can find the illustrious Africa Museum, which offers attractions for all ages.
Grazing zebras and mascosa huts emerging in the typical Balaton landscape: this vision welcomes you when you reach the museum near Balatonederics and Balatongyörök. After you buy the ticket, you could decide wether to admire the exotic and domestic animals first, or visit the trophy and ethnographic collection of the founder, Dr. Endre Nagy -Afrika researcher and renowned hunter. The latter is worth seeing in the occasion of not being fond of hunting anyway. If you can not choose, you can still roam amongst the pens of buffalos, dromedaries, etc. And the museum.
Festetics Castle Keszthely
The Festetics Castle is a remarkable monument of Keszthely. Its construction began in the middle of the 18th century, but it was only in the 1880s, after its major reconstruction and expansion,when it has reached its final form.
The Festetics family is one of Hungary's most important counts, and then its princes family. The Croatian-born family lives in Hungary from the 17th century, from 1739 in Keszthely. At this time Kristóf Festetics (1696-1768) acquires the estate and attachments of Keszthely and selects the manor for the center of his estate. His major merit was building the castle, but he also briought a surgeon and masters to the city and established a pharmacy and a state hospital.
The most well-known attraction of the Hévíz Thermal Spa Nature Reserve is Lake Hévíz or Lake Thermal Hévíz. With its 4,44 ha extension and the surrounding 50 hectares forest, the lake is Europe's largest medicinal hot water reservoir.
Unlike the other hot water ponds, which can be found usually in volcanic places, clay or rocky grounds, Lake Hévíz is a peat spring source, fed by 38 ° C water from the 38-meter deep Hévízi source cave, with 30-40 thousand liters of water per minute. The lace is located along the western slope of the Keszthely Plateau, in the Hévíz Valley, next to the town of Hévíz.
Little Balaton (Kis-Balaton)
Kis-Balaton is a region located by the southwest of Lake Balaton rich in natural and cultural values, of which a significant part is protected.
The area is the estuary of the Zala River, which was always a marshy, highly fluctuating water level. Kis-Balaton has a significant area of wildlife (vegetation, fish and mainly birdlife) that is subject to the Ramsari Convention on wildlife of international importance, mainly from the habitat of waterfowl.
Sümeg Castle is located in the western part of the Balaton Uplands, at the top of a lonely peak on the outskirts of the surroundings. The core of the three-storey fortress is the lower level of the old tower built in the 1260s.
The walls of the citadel were built a century later, and during the 15th century the high plateau of the castle was surrounded by a strong, high-security wall. The castle awaits tourists with permanent exhibitions and attractions.
The Káli Basin, formerly known as Kálla Basin, is part of the Balaton Uplands National Park. It starts at Zánka and is bordered by the Örsi-hegy near Balatonrendes and Ábrahámhegy.
The mountain range here is made of red sandstone, but many mountains are covered with basalt shrubs. The work of the wind under its millions of years is commemorated by stone rocks, which can be observed in Kővágóörs, Szentbékkálla, Salföld and Kisörs region. The massive wind-brushed stones provide a unique scenery. In the northern part of the Basin the so called Fekete-hegy (Black mountain) emerges, the Lake Balaton is closeby its southern edge.
Badacsony wine region
Badacsony wine region is located in the western part of the northern shore of Lake Balaton, in the middle of Transdanubia, on the Badacsony hill. It has an area of 1600 hectars.
Its soil is based on basalt is Pannonhus, pannonsand, loess. Its climate is mild, balanced, with high humidity. Due to the proximity of the lake Balaton, the southern slopes can enjoy sunlight reflecting from the water surface of the lake, creating a very favorable microclimate that makes it possible to produce dessert-wine.
Liliomkert Growing Market
The brotherhood of the market in Káptalantóti is waiting for you every year, each Sunday. It is worth visiting from 9am to 12pm, in order to find most of the products.
The „tepertős” ( kind of a crackling scone)cooked in the baskets, the cheesy scones, the poppy-flavored rolls, the sour cream bread rolling out of the furnace must be tasted! The aim of the market is to revitalize a peacetime market behavior and era. Every Sunday, we are waiting for you in the Káli Basin! On the fabolous Balaton Uplands, near the enchanting lake cave of Tapolca next to the refreshing Lake Balaton, wine pampering Badacsony, near the astonishing sights of the Balaton Uplands National Park...